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L'indifférent (1903)


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Shéhérazade


L'indifférent

Tes yeux sont doux comme ceux d’une fille,
Jeune étranger,
Et la courbe fine
De ton beau visage de duvet ombragé
Est plus séduisante encore de ligne.
Ta lèvre chante sur le pas de ma porte
Une langue inconnue et charmante
Comme une musique fausse. . .
Entre!
Et que mon vin te réconforte . . .
Mais non, tu passes
Et de mon seuil je te vois t’éloigner
Me faisant un dernier geste avec grâce,
Et la hanche légèrement ployée
Par ta démarche féminine et lasse. . . .

The indifferent one

Your eyes are soft like girl's,
Young stranger,
And the delicate curve
Of your handsome down-shaded face
Is still more attractively shaped.
Your lips sing
At my door
An unknown charming tongue,
Like music off-pitch;
Enter! And let my wine refresh you...
But no, you pass by
And I see you leaving my threshold,
Gracefully waving farewell,
Your hips lightly swaying
In your languid feminine way.

Composer

Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer, pianist and conductor.  In the 1920s and 1930s he was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. He was one of the first composers to acknowledge the potential of recording in making music accessible to a broad public, and in the 1920s several recordings of his work were made.

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Poet

Tristan Klingsor, birth name (Arthur Justin) Léon Leclère was a French poet, musician, painter and art critic, best known for his artistic association with the composer Maurice Ravel.


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